Events for all ages planned for Na­tional Li­brary Week

Amer­i­can Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tion ob­serves 50th year of week

The Covington News - - Local News - By Josh Briggs

To­day marks the be­gin­ning of the Na­tional Li­brary Week and the New­ton County Li­brary plans a week full of ac­tiv­i­ties. Af­ter a suc­cess­ful week last year, this year’s ef­forts prom­ise to de­liver.

“ Last year was the first year we started pro­mot­ing it on a much larger scale,” said li­brary as­sis­tant Stevin Her­ald. “Last year was such a suc­cess the di­rec­tor said we have to do it again this year.”

This year com­mem­o­rates the 50th an­niver­sary of the event and is spon­sored by the Amer­i­can Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tion. Li­braries across the na­tion use the time to shed light on daily li­brary ac­tiv­i­ties, and the ev­ery day life of li­brar­i­ans and li­brary staff.

“It’s such a good time,” he said. “We want to high­light the ac­tiv­i­ties we nor­mally do ev­ery­day, but this is spe­cial so we push it all into one week.”

Some of the events planned in­clude a Ge­neal­ogy 101 class on Mon­day and Tues­day at 12:30 p.m. The two-day work­shop plans to teach par­tic­i­pants how to search for fam­ily ge­neal­ogy.

On Wed­nes­day at noon, The Brown Bag Book Club will meet to dis­cuss ex­peri- ences and share book re­views and read­ing lists.

There will be plenty of guest speak­ers on hand as well. Ron Kemp presents this week’s edi­tion of adult sto­ry­telling on Mon­day at 7 p.m. and chil­dren’s book au­thor Ernest Hooks Jr. will be at the li­brary on Tues­day at 4 p.m., fol­lowed by au­thor Ken­neth Morgan at 7 p.m.

A staff mem­ber from Con­gress­man John Lin­der’s of­fice will hold a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion on Wed­nes­day from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Other events in­clude an arts and crafts ses­sion on Thurs­day at 4 p.m. with the al­ways pop­u­lar fam­ily movie night to fol­low at 7 p.m.

Ac­cord­ing to Her­ald, the li­brary has re­ceived plenty of sup­port from the com­mu­nity in­clud­ing The Friends of the Li­brary Group, which do­nates money for sup­plies and ma­te­ri­als

“ We’ll have bal­loons for the kids and we’re dec­o­rat­ing the area with flower ar­range­ments from the Sat­suki Gar­den Club,” Her­ald added. “We plan to give away awards for first, sec­ond and third place for the best flower ar­range­ments.”

Her­ald says one of the high­light’s of the week for the staff is Thurs­day when ev­ery­one is en­cour­aged to dress up like their fa­vorite book char­ac­ter.

The cel­e­bra­tion cul­mi­nates Satur­day when the li­brary plans to turn the park­ing lot into a con­cert with an ice cream so­cial and live mu­sic from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. new­ton­li­brary. com or call Stevin Her­ald at 770787-3231.


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